October 14, 2016


Public meeting on environmental analysis of campus construction projects

The University is engaged in the planning and design of two important projects for the campus: the Holloway Revitalization Project (a mixed-use student housing development) and the Creative Arts Replacement Project (a new academic building and related donor-funded recording and lecture hall). As part of the planning process, an environmental impact report (EIR) is being prepared in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The draft EIR is available for review at cpdc.sfsu.edu/plan.

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in LIB 121 to receive written comments on the environmental analysis of the proposed projects. All members of the public and interested persons are welcome to attend and provide written comments. Participants are asked to review the draft EIR at the link above prior to the meeting.

Written comments may also be submitted throughout the 45-day public review period (Sept. 27 through Nov. 11) to:

Wendy Bloom
Director of Campus Planning and Design
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132 ​

Funding opportunity for faculty professional development

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are accepting applications for the Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) grants. DRC awards are developmental in nature with a focus on supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative endeavors, as well as assisting established scholars to leverage nascent projects in ways that make a difference to their careers at SF State. 

Grant opportunity

Up to $8,000 maximum budget per grant proposal for individual projects; $12,000 maximum for collaborative projects. (Collaborators must be SF State tenured or tenure-track faculty.) Funds are available for the 2017-2018 academic year, including summer 2018.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty (including lecturers) are eligible to apply. Early to mid-career faculty are especially encouraged to apply. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply. Faculty participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program. Faculty who received a DRC award for AY2016-17 and current professional development council members are not eligible for the 2017-18 grant cycle.

Applications are due Monday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. Announcement of awards will be made by late December 2016. Read the announcement and download applications from the Faculty Affairs website. Apply for the grants. The grants are funded by the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

Employee University course registration in progress

Online registration for the fall/winter 2016-17 Employee University courses began Oct. 13 at hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university. Class offerings for the spring 2017 session will be announced at a later date. Classes this semester include:

  • Achieving Excel Literacy
  • Creating a Culture of Service
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level II

SF State faculty and staff may enroll in one class of their choice. Enrollment is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about Employee University and registration on the Employee University webpage.

Honorary degree nominations sought

The Honorary Degree Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016-17 academic year. Nominations should include the nominees full name, contact information (if available), a one-paragraph description of the person’s accomplishments and why the submitter believes the nominee should be considered. Email nominations to Frederik H. Green at fgreen@sfsu.edu by Oct. 28. Download the policy for awarding honorary degrees.

Student Success in the Majors grants

The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curricula to better support student success. Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2017-18. Proposed curricular changes must be approved by the college dean or designee and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning by Friday, Oct. 28. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Learn more about the grantsRead the original Student Success in the Majors grants announcement.

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become safe zone allies for the campus LGBTQQIA community. The Safe Zone program’s mission is to foster a safe campus environment by building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQQIA community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be on Friday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A light lunch will be provided. Contact Rick Nizzardini at rnizzard@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-7791 for further details about the training, and check out the Safe Zone program online at www.sfsu.edu/~pride/safezone.html.

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Distinguished Speaker Lecture in Economics “Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: New Lessons from Big Data,” today

The Department of Economics invites the campus community to the second annual Betty Blecha Memorial Distinguished Lecture in Economics Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts. The lecture is free and open to students, faculty and staff. Stanford University Professor of Economics Raj Chetty will discuss findings from the Equality of Opportunity Project and associated policy lessons. Download the lecture flyer. Read the original lecture announcement. Email questions to Venoo Kakar.

Cheer on the Hockey Club, tonight

Marty Masters, advisor to the Ice Hockey Club at SFSU, invites the campus community to cheer the team in their upcoming games. On Friday, Oct. 14, at 9:30 p.m. they will face Stanford in the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center on Folsom and Fourth streets, San Francisco. Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. they will face Santa Clara at the same venue. Admission is free. Follow the team or view their schedule on Facebook.

“In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” through Oct. 23

Electricity is making the dark shadows bright and the unseen visible in “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl. Underpinning this Victorian parlor comedy about vibrators are deeper observations about racism, classism and the subjugation of women. In this animated and heady world opportunities await. Open the door to the next room and discover a new way of understanding self, love, marriage and the world. The play is being performed in the Little Theatre (Creative Arts) through Oct. 23. View the play’s webpage for times and costs.

Pre-show discussion, Oct. 16

Was “mansplaining” alive in the 1880s? Join a panel of faculty and students discussing Sarah Ruhl’s play “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, in The Lab (CA 104). Admission to the pre-show discussion is free.

Venue change: “Framing the Debate: A Conversation about Election Discourse with George Lakoff"

A conversation with George Lakoff about election discourse, sponsored by the linguistics program of the Department of English Language and Literature, has been moved to a new venue. The event will be held Monday, Oct.17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building.

Webinar on engaging uses of Zoom, Oct. 18

Zoom is SF State’s new online video conferencing platform. Join the webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. online via Zoom. In this virtual session participants will learn what video conferencing is and how to access it and get ideas on how to engage students using Zoom, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues and more. Register online for the Zoom webinar. Questions? Can’t attend and want to learn more? Email iteach@sfsu.edu.

Interdisciplinary STS Hub Meeting, Oct. 18

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is where scholars engaging in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will meet Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 361 to discuss sex, gender and sexuality in STS. Please look at the following resources as the conversation will draw from them: “Sex/Gender: Part I: Why Now?” and “Sex/Gender: Part II: What’s Fixed, Changeable, Changing?,” “Sex/Gender: Part III: What Counts as Adequate Function?” and “Gender as Process Not Trait: Dynamic Approaches to the Origins of Difference During Infancy.”  The group, which meets every third Tuesday, will meet for the last time this semester on Nov. 15. Questions? Email Ugo Edu or call ext. 5-2444.

WGS lecture series schedule

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) has resumed its lecture series on Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 119. Upcoming lectures include:

  • Oct. 19: “Chronic Crisis: Managing HIV as a Chronic Condition in Biomedicalized Bureaucracies” by Science and Justice Research Center Assistant Director Katherine Weatherford Darling (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Oct. 26: Executive and Organizing Director of the Western Regional Advocacy Program Paul Boden

Climate Justice Speaker Series

The Climate Justice Initiative and the “Race, Activism and Climate Justice” course (RRS 276) present the fall 2016 Climate Justice Speaker Series on Wednesdays from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. in HSS 130. The events are open to the campus community and the public (see the full Climate Justice Speaker series item):

  • Oct. 19: Jessica Tovar with the Local Clean Energy Alliance and Communities for a Better Environment in Oakland is working to bring renewable energy independence to Bay Area communities.
  • Oct. 26: Pennie Opal Plant with Idle No More is a leader in the indigenous rights movement and co-founder of the Idle No More SF Bay and Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance and organizer of the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks.

The series is sponsored by the San Francisco State University Climate Justice Initiative. For more information contact Phil Klasky at pklasky@sfsu.edu.

Register now for the Women’s Leadership Conference, Oct. 21

The SF State Women's Leadership Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 21, at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend this free all-day conference, which will feature breakout sessions focusing on personal and career development. Seats are limited, so register nowVisit the conference webpage for more information.

Book talk and signing: “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” Oct. 24

Africana Studies will host a book talk and signing on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in EP 116. This Mbongi talk will feature the new book “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Professor Ibram X. Kendi from the University of Florida. Kendi also authored “The Black Campus Movement” and has written op-eds for outlets such as Salon, The Huffington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty, Oct. 24

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the fall Writing Pedagogy Workshops. This month’s workshop, “Strategies for Giving Useful Feedback to Native and Non-Native Speakers,” will be facilitated by Karen Wiederholt from the Composition for Multilingual Students Program and the Learning Assistance Center. The workshop will offer several approaches for giving feedback on writing, demonstrating specific techniques using examples from student writing. The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Lecturers will be paid for participating and lunch will be served.

The other workshop this term is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, also in the Faculty Commons. Please contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson for further information.

Bunraku performance and workshop, Oct. 25

The Dilena Takeyama Center for Japan and Japanese Culture will host world-renowned Japanese Bunraku puppeteer Kanroku and the Mokugu-sha Company from Osaka for a free performance on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. in HUM 455. The Bunraku puppeteers will present a lecture/demonstration and perform a classic piece for the audience. Bunraku puppetry involves a complex technique accompanied by narrative chanting and music. Each nearly adult-sized puppet requires three puppeteers to bring it to life. The event promises to be a rare treat, filled with dramatic myths and legends.

LGBTQ Campus Climate: Exploration of findings and discussion, Oct. 25

The campus community is invited to hear Justin Boese (M.A. ’16, Human Sexuality Studies) share data from his thesis research assessing the climate for LGBTQ+ students at SF State on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in LIB121.

The talk will be followed by a town hall-style discussion featuring Rachel Henry (Student Life), Rumaldo Godinez (Associated Students Queer and Trans Resource Center), Mary Ann Begley (interim AVP/dean of students) and Mickey Eliason (assistant dean of faculty development and scholarship). The event is sponsored by the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS). All CREGS events are wheelchair accessible. For other accommodation requests, including ASL interpretation, contact Tobie Klibansky at (415) 817-4512 or email tkaye@sfsu.edu at least one week before the event.

Psychology Distinguished Speaker Colloquium, Oct. 26

The Department of Psychology invites the campus community to the annual distinguished speaker colloquia. The first event, “Secure and Insecure Love: Insights from Attachment Theory and Research” by UC Davis Professor Emeritus of Psychology Phillip Shaver, will be held Wednesday, Oct 26, from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Faculty and staff are asked to remind their students to attend the lecture, as the topic will be of great interest to many psychology students in such fields as developmental psychology, social psychology, neuroscience and clinical psychology.

Shaver’s grief over the loss of a younger brother lead him to discover Bowlby’s attachment theory and sparked research into loneliness and later attachment in couple relationships. That work spawned an explosion of research in the field, which was summarized in the second edition of “Attachment in Adulthood” (Guilford Press, 2016), which he coauthored with Mario Mikulincer.

“Socrates Now,” Nov. 2

The Modern Greek Studies Foundation and the Center for Modern Greek Studies invite the campus community to “Socrates Now,” a solo performance of Plato’s “Apology of Socrates” by Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides of the Elliniko Theatro of New York and Athens. The performance in English will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts. For more information, including details of the performance in Greek on Nov. 6, visit the event webpage or email modgreek@sfsu.edu.

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The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Chair’s report.
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution commending Sue Rosser for her service to San Francisco State University as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs (consent item at 2:25 p.m.).
  • Guest: Steven Filling, immediate past chair of the Academic Senate of California State University (at 2:35 p.m.).
  • Information Item: “Foundations of Excellence” presentation by Nancy Gerber.
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (first reading)
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of AS 3267-16 (first reading).
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Student Affairs Committee charge (first reading).
  • Standing Committee reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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“Worshiping the God of Dynamite”: through Dec. 1 in the Library Gallery, 4th Floor

“Revolution Times”: through Dec. 1 in FA 115


Saturday, Oct. 15

Theatre: “In the Next Room (of The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, Oct. 16

Pre-show talk for “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)”: 1 p.m. in CA 104

Theatre: “In The Next Room” by Sarah Ruhl: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, Oct. 17

Framing the Debate: A Conversation About Election Discourse with George Lakoff: 6 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Oct. 18

The 2016 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4:10 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series: Chronic Crisis: 12:35 p.m. in HUM 119

Choral recital: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

The Best of Polish Cinema: Juliusz Machulski’s “Sexmission”: 7:10 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Thursday, Oct. 20

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Terry Berlier: 5:30 p.m. in FA 296

Poetry reading: Rod Smith and Lee Ann Brown: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities

Theatre: “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, Oct. 21

Volleyball hosting Cal State East Bay: 7 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Theatre: “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Africana Studies and Biology

Associate Professor of Africana Studies Antwi Akom was invited to present at the White House-sponsored Frontiers Conference hosted by President Barack Obama Oct. 13 at Carnegie Mellon University. It was one of President Obama’s final public conferences before the end of his term. Akom spoke about the “Streetwzye” platform, an innovative new data tool designed to connect vulnerable communities to opportunity in their neighborhoods. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of social innovation, mobile tech, people-powered place-making, human-centered design, 21st century digital organizing, data visualization, health information communication technology and health literacy for vulnerable populations. Other notable presenters included Meghan Smith, Chief Technology Officer at the White House, Harvard University Professor and MacArthur Award Winner Matthew Desmond, brain science guru Beth Babcock on pathways out of poverty and Nigel Jacobs of Code for America and Urban Mechanics City of Boston.

Akom was also recently named director of the Soul Innovation and Urban Opportunity (the SOUL research lab), a joint research lab between SF State and UCSF located on our campus and funded by a $17 million SF BUILD grant aimed at creating the next generation of biomedical researchers from low-income communities and communities of color, the result of groundbreaking work by Professor of Biology Leticia Márquez-Magaña and Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo of UCSF. The mission of the SOUL research lab is to create a world where local knowledge sparks innovation and powers neighborhood justice by pioneering collaborative, community-facing health information communication technologies, geographic information systems and participatory action research approaches to studying the social determinants of health with vulnerable populations.


Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) Lecturer and Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Dan Macallair was honored by the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) for his decades of work in the field of juvenile justice. He was presented with the Juvenile Advocate of the Year Award for 2016 at PJDC’s 13th annual Roundtable Conference held last month in Rancho Cucamonga, California. PJDC is the largest membership organization of juvenile public defenders and defense counsel in the U.S., with more than 600 members, and Macallair is the first non-lawyer in the organization’s history to receive the award.

Macallair also delivered the event’s keynote address, speaking on the theme “History of the California Youth Authority and Lessons Not Learned.” In his speech, he detailed some of the findings of his new book “After the Doors Were Locked: A History of Youth Corrections in California and the Origins of 21st Century Reform.” He also gave a brief history of California’s state youth corrections system, providing context for the cycles of reform that have taken place over the past century but which subsequently failed to create safe institutions for California’s youth.


Associate Professor of Philosophy Carlos Montemayor coauthored the in-depth article “Theory of Consciousness,” which was published on the Psychology Today blog on Oct. 5.

Office of the President

President Les Wong recently accepted an invitation to join the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) Executive Committee. The commission focuses on such major issues as the broadening of access and opportunity, utilizing the diversity of the undergraduate experience to prepare graduates for the 21st century, enhancing diversity within student and faculty populations and creating partnerships between universities and local and world communities to bring about beneficial social change. His term will begin at the conclusion of the APLU Annual Meeting in Austin Nov. 13-15 and will end in November 2019.

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Unable to hire

Associate Professor of Health Education José Ramón Fernández-Peña, who founded the Welcome Back Initiative to help foreign-trained medical workers find jobs in the U.S, commented for an Oct. 5 KCRW-FM segment about a Little Hoover Commission report that indicated health licensing rules can get in the way. “They had all the training and all the skills, and most importantly for the setting, they were bilingual and bicultural in English and in Spanish,” Fernández-Peña said of applicants to a chronically understaffed community clinic where he once worked. “But because they did not have California licenses, we were not able to hire them for those positions.

Outside the narrow story

Associate Professor of Social Psychology Charlotte Tate was quoted in an Oct. 6 Nautilus article about the challenge the concept of sexual fluidity has given to sexual narratives. “Sexual fluidity is a real phenomenon. It is a part of the human experience. Sexual fluidity has probably always existed,” Tate said. “Scientists tried to erase or deny everything that did not fit into that narrow story [of sexual orientation being a static phenomenon]. Even in 2016, only some of us in behavioral science are able to see through this pretense.”


Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto commented on the recent scary clown phenomenon for an Oct. 6 San Francisco Chronicle article. “Identity is a large part of how society regulates behavior,” Matsumoto said. Wearing a clown suite “provides de-identification” for the wearer, which can lead to bad behavior similar to that engendered by online anonymity.

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News

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SF State received $8,237,564 in grants and contracts in September 2016.

Keith Bowman, Ilmi Yoon, Eric Hsu, Lawrence Horvath, Dean’s Office of Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) San Francisco: Computing for All Levels & Learners (SF CALL), $299,942

Jason Gurdak, Earth and Climate, Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD), Estimating Recharge Towards Sustainable Groundwater and Agriculture, $30,000

Jason Gurdak, Leora Nanus, Earth and Climate, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Coastal California, $9,801

Colleen Hoff, Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS), National Institutes of Health, A Randomized Trial to Prevent HIV Among Gay Couples, $3,436,849

Ravinder Sehgal, Biology, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Haemosporidian Parasites In Woodpeckers, and Woodpecker Survival and Space Use, $10,000

Jonathon Stillman, Tomoko Komada, William Cochlan, Karina Nielsen, Romberg Tiburon Center, National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT): RIP-TIDES: Research Intensive Pedagogical Training of Interdisciplinary Estuarine Scientists, $2,922,930

Grace Yoo, Luoluo Hong, Asian American Studies, US Department of Education Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), San Francisco State University Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE), $1,528,042

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